Its flu season and time to fight the sniffles before they knock you out with a good punch.

Eating garlic raw is best. Garlic has an antiviral effect. It can actually help destroy a flu virus before it takes hold in your body. If you can’t handle the taste try cooking lightly, as in a stir-fry or adding to your eggs or soups just before serving.

Like garlic, it has more benefits if eaten raw but still helps to fight a virus even if it’s cooked.

Homemade cough syrup.

1 onion, red or yellow
1/2 C raw honey

Here we go, onion syrup

Here are some flu-fighting foods to add to your diet this season.

adding the honey

The finished product

Another way to include garlic and/or onion in your diet when you’ve got a cold or the flu is to make cough syrup. Take a whole onion or whole garlic head and slice into even slices. Lay a slice of onion or a thin layer of garlic in the bottom of a jar (make sure it has a fitted lid) then drizzle a layer of honey over it, repeat until onion (or garlic is using) is gone and honey is used up. Close the lid and leave on counter overnight. In the morning you can open the jar and take a teaspoon of the liquid as needed.

Spices are healing. Most spices are actually herbs and have been used as medicine since humans began. Medicines are originally from herbs. Some good ones to include in your diet to help you heal are turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and thyme. Sprinkle them on everything. I like adding thyme and or turmeric to my eggs and/or soups. Cloves and cinnamon go great on oatmeal or sliced apples. And ginger I add to stir-fry, gingersnap cookies, or make a tea out of fresh ginger.

Ginger Tea

2 inches of fresh ginger
4 C water
Raw honey to taste

Slice the ginger into 1/4 to 1/2 slices or can be cubed. Heat water to a boil. Turn off heat and add ginger. Let steep anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. If it gets cold simply heat to warm and drink. It’s great for nausea or sore throats.

All berries are high in antioxidants and are beneficial in fighting colds. They are best eaten raw. Add to smoothies, top your oatmeal, or eat them plain.

Homemade chicken soup
Seriously great virus-fighting ability. And you’ll up the health benefits if you make homemade bone broth first. Making your chicken soup out of bone broth gives you a huge bang of fighting power. It’s how your grandmother and great-grandmother made chicken soup and why it helped cure the family of colds and flu.

Bananas actually round up viruses and stop them from reacting. They cause the virus to become harmless. Add them to smoothies or smash a banana and add a tablespoon of almond butter and raw cocoa to taste. Stir for an energy-packed treat.

Apples have quercetin which is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Not to mention they are sweet and tasty. Best raw. Sprinkle on some cinnamon and honey to increase their strength.

What a great anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal sweet remedy. On top of that, honey soothes the throat. Add it to everything, tea, fruit, baking, oatmeal….

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